Google exec to chair Innovation Dinner

March 1, 2012 • Events, Top Stories

Speakers for March 8, 2012 Innovation Dinner with IBM

The Innovation Dinner series has become well known among South Africa’s ICT professionals, entrepreneurs and senior business people as a great opportunity for networking and strategic planning.

IT News Africa, together with key sponsor IBM is proud to announce the speakers for the next Innovation Dinner Special Event. This by-invitation-only event will be held at the Michelangelo Hotel and Towers in Sandton on the 8th of March 2012.

Speakers at this month’s Innovation Dinner will focus on Smart Cloud Strategies for Business, with specific emphasis on IBM’s SmartCloud portfolio, legal and legislative issues around cloud computing, as well as data privacy and security. “The shift from hype to commercial discussion has happened. Cloud Computing is not just a new package to the concept of centralised computing, It’s the beginning of utility computing offering both tactical and strategic business benefits.” says Mark Walker, Program Director, Verticals, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey.

Brett St Clair, Google’s Head of New Products and Solutions for Sub Saharan Africa, will chair the event and the confirmed speakers for 8 March are Werner Lindemann, Vice President for IBM Global Technology Services in Sub-Saharan Africa, Tammy Bortz, Director at Werksmans Inc, Mark Walker, head of Vertical Market and Insights research and consulting practice at IDC MEA, and Gordon Love, Regional Director for Africa at Symantec.

Brett St Clair (event chair) is the Head of New Products and Solutions Sub Sahara at Google. He has been working in mobile media and mobile marketing and advertising for 15 years all over the globe – engineering, implementing and selling mobile operator infrastructure from London to Mongolia.Brett has recently been elected as the South African MMA Co Chair for the next year where our goals are to grow the Mobile Marketing market space, focusing on measurements, Standards Guidelines and Education.

Werner Lindemann is the Vice President for IBM Global Technology Services in Sub-Saharan Africa. His most recent roles in IBM have been: STG Executive, IBM Sub-Saharan Africa; Director of Power Systems, IBM EMEA; Vice President of Sales, Systems & Technology Group, IBM CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa) and Vice President, Systems & Technology Group, IBM Sub-Saharan Africa, where he refocused the business and grew it 5x the market growth. Werner holds a BSc Eng. (Industrial), an MSc Eng. (cum laude) and a MBA.

Tammy Bortz is a Director at Werksmans Inc a leading South African law firm and heads the technology law department.
Tammy’s clients include London FTSE top ten, JSE listed, global and local private companies. Matters include advising two of the four major South African Banks, representing JSE listed companies on major outsourcing transactions, due diligence investigations of various businesses to assess technology and regulatory exposure, advising on electronic payment and invoicing transactions and on electronic draw card and payment initiatives.

Mark Walker currently leads the Vertical Market and Insights research and consulting practice at IDC MEA. He has over 25 years of experience in the ICT industry.
Walker is responsible for leading consulting, research, and analyses of technology markets across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, along with analysis of the larger politico-socio-economic environment in which these markets exist. As a large proportion of research conducted by IDC MEA is of a primary nature, he is able to acquire first-hand experience of the various technology markets in the region. His current focus includes the government, financial, and energy sectors.

Gordon Love is the Regional Director for Africa at Symantec, responsible for managing enterprise accounts across the region, including both large and small to medium enterprises within the public sector, and Symantec’s various channel partners. He is also in charge of growing regional sales and nurturing and motivating sales executives internally.
Love has 19-years experience in various roles including sales, operations, business development, and corporate innovation within The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Standard Bank, First National Bank, IBM and Faritec.

“With our IT News Africa Innovation Dinner series we’ve established the perfect platform for ICT executives to share ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Attendees are happy to engage with like-minded individuals, and with partners like IBM on board the future looks bright” says Abby Wakama, CEO of IT News Africa.

About the Innovation Dinner series
The bi-monthly Innovation Dinner series is the premier gathering for IT Executives across all industries in Africa. Designed for Africa’s ICT professionals, entrepreneurs and senior business people, the event is a great opportunity for networking, acquiring information and strategic planning.
Once every 2 months, ICT business leaders meet to create new relationships and promote their organizations.
The strategic agenda includes all mediums of discussion in order to promote maximum take-away from the event.

Corporations who associate themselves with the Innovation Dinner series experience multi-faceted benefits that directly impact their bottom line by strengthening their brand position and allowing them to bond closely with key customer groups that conventional marketing channels cannot present.

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